That's where the college money is... Recruiting priorities, in order; #1 Pitchers #2 Catchers #3 Middles (with speed) #4 Bangers (power hitters) Honesty, a lot of Universities look at a pitcher size.....
Today's post is inspired by the Twitter post to the left. I was immediately drawn to it because it is predominantly accurate. I have chosen to title this post with a quote from another Tweeter, who I believe makes an even more accurate observation in our sport. I believe Kristen Cox would agree #4 and #3 on the list should be reversed.
Truth be told an honest college coach would tell you they are more likely to start a strong hitter who plays more mediocre defense as opposed to a player who is a stud on defense and mediocre at the plate. Naturally everyone strives to bring in the player who excels at both, however the cold hard reality is coaches need to decide where they are willing to gamble. Insert my usual disclaimer there are exceptions to every rule. There are coaches who will argue defense wins games, and they can definitely make a compelling argument. I still invest in quality hitting instruction because I am willing to bet Kristen is dead on.
Pitchers and Catchers are accurately placed at the top of the list, and no one should be surprised by that. Any one trying to keep a team a float at 14U and up are painfully aware quality pitching is very hard to come by. The reason is very simple. There just isn't a mass amount of players willing to make the sacrifices needed to excel at this position. Pitching is an every day position. If you are not putting in your work on a daily basis, then you will never succeed. By default catchers fall into the same category. Catching is a very specialized position and to succeed requires an extremely high softball IQ.